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SUNDAY, October 23

7:00 am - 8:00 am Tour Registration Open
7:00 am - 12:45 pm Tour: Golf at the Wigwam's Heritage Course
7:30 am - 11:00 am Tour: Desert Jeep Tour & Nature Walk
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Exhibitor Move-in


Monday, October 24

7:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration Open
8:15 am - 8:45 am Opening Remarks
8:45 am - 9:15 am Keynote Address
9:15 am - 10:30 am

Opening Plenary
Flask to Fork: The Growing Wave of Innovation in Algae for Health & Nutrition

Panelists:

Aha Belay, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Earthrise Nutritionals

Xun Wang, President, Triton Algae Innovations, Ltd.

Ross Zirkle, Director of Molecular Biotechnology, DSM Nutritional Products

Margaret McCormick, Chief Executive Officer, Matrix Genetics

10:30 am - 10:45 pm  Ribbon Cutting and Opening of Exhibition Hall
10:45 am - 11:15 am Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall
Young Innovators Lounge In Session
11:15 am - 11:45 am Keynote Address
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Plenary Session 2
Getting from Feed Trial to Farm: Opportunities and Challenges for Algae Feed Ingredients

Panelists:

Genet Garamendi, Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Government Relations, TerraVia 

Martin Sabarsky, Chairperson, Cellana Inc.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

Track 1 - Biology
Optimized Carbon Delivery and Carbon Utilization

Moderator: Rob Gardner, University of Minnesota

Speakers: Wei Dong, South China University of Technology

GC/TOF-MS-based Metabolic Profiling Approach Reveals the Global Regulation of Metabolic Network y CO2 Driving in Green Microalga Chlorella Vulgaris

Todd Pedersen, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University

Observations of Lipid Synthesis in Bicarbonate-induced Microalgae During a Diel Cycle Using 1H HRMAS NMR Spectroscopy and 13C Stable Isotope Tracers
Shipeng Lu, Montana State University

Transcriptomic Analysis of Enhanced Lipid Accumulation in Chlorella Vulgaris UTEX395 Under Nitrogen Deplete and Bicarbonate Amendment Conditions
Marilyn Wiebe, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Carbon Capture and Culture pH in Microalgal Cultures
Christine Sharp, University of Calgary

Increasing the Productivity and Cost-effectiveness of Phototrophic Carbon Capture Using High pH, High Alkalinity and Naturally Occurring Mixed Communities

Track 2 - Engineering & Analysis
Bioproduct Innovations

Moderator: Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Speakers: Gregory Rorrer, Oregon State University

Bioprocessing Strategies for Coproduction of Biofuels and Value-added Biopolymers from Diatom Microalgae
Greg O'Neil, Western Washington University

Co-product-based Biofuel Strategies from the Marine Microalgae Isochrysis
Leda Gerber, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii

Co-products are Key to Economic Success

Irina Harun, Imperial College London

Algae and Aroma: A Nutrient Modification Strategy for Enhanced Cell Growth and Patchoulol Production
Oliver Palardy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Sterol Molecular Diversity in Different Algae Provide Options for High-value Co-Product Development in a Conversion Process

Track 3 - Commercialization
Development in Algal Products for Human Health, Animal Health and Agriculture

Moderator: Rebecca White, Qualitas Health
Speakers: Xun Wang, Triton Algae Innovations

Infant Formula from Algae - Identifying and Targeting Key Market Needs as a Driver for Product Development
Ben Cloud, Phyco BioSciences, Inc.

Opportunity for Algae Biomass in Commercial Crop Production
William van der Riet, Tomalgae C.V.B.A.

Micro Algae for Aquaculture; Converting Art into Technology
Kim Jye Lee Chang, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

Biodiesel, High-value Omega-3 Oils and Algal Meal Production from Thraustochytrids in a Biorefinery Approach

Rebecca White, Qualitas Health

From Sunlight to Sustainability: How Algae Can Pave the Way to Sustainable Human Nutrition


Track 4 - Industry Focus: Macro Algae
Macroalgae: Status, Opportunities and Challenges
Moderator: TBA

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall
Young Innovators Lounge In Session
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

Track 1 - Biology
Omics - Improving Productivity through Improved Understanding

Moderator: Ken Reardon, Colorado State University
Speakers: Mark Hildebrand, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

The Effect of Synchronized Cell Division on Growth and Productivity of Microalgae

Taraka Dale, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cultivation of Parent and Cell Sorted Populations of Nannochloropsis Salina in Laboratory and Outdoor Environments 

Packo Lamers, Wageningen University - AlgaePARC

Bridging the Lipid Yield Gap

Peter Karp, SRI International 

Metabolic Reconstructions for Tens of Algal Genomes at BioCync.org

Track 2 - Engineering & Analysis
Analysis and Sustainability
Moderator: Jason Quinn, Utah State University
Speakers: Ryan Davis, Sandia National Laboratories

Updated Assessment of the Potential for Fuel Production from Polyculture Algal Turf

Ryan Davis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Techno-Economic Analysis for the Production of Algal Biomass: Process, Design and Cost Considerations for Future Commercial Algae Farms
Olivier Lepine, AlgoSource

Latest Development in Microalgae Biorefining: Wet Extraction Technologies and Mechanical Process for Improved Economics and LCA

Rebecca Efroymson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Billion Ton 2016 Algae Resource Analysis: Prices to Procure the Biomass

Jordan Kern, UNC Chapel Hill

Integrating Real Options Analysis in the Design of Financially Viable Algal Biofuels Production Pathways


Track 3 - Commercialization
Advances in Algae Cultivation Technologies
Moderator: Valerie Harmon, Harmon Consulting
Speakers: Bob Mroz, HY-TEK Bio, LLC

Algae and Flue Gas - Sustainable Symbiosis
Niko Schultz, Schott AG

Tubular Photobioreactors: A Systematic Comparison of Glass and Polymer Tubes
Eugene Roebroeck, LGem

Less is More: Optimization of Geometric Design of GemTubeTM Tubular Photo-Bioreactors for Commercial Mass Cultivation of Micro-Algae
Jeremy Weir, Commercial Algae Professionals

The Algae Raceway Integrated Design (ARID) Improvements and Commercialization

Track 4 - Industry Focus: Biotech Regulation
Modernizing the Biotechnology Regulatory System: Relevance to Algal Biotechnology
Moderator: Mark Segal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . OPPT

Speakers: TBA

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Grand Opening Reception


Tuesday, October 25

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:00 pm Exhibit & Poster Hall Open
7:30 am - 8:15 am  Continental Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:45 am  Algae Foundation and Technical Standards Update
Ira "Ike" Levine, President, Algae Foundation
8:45 am - 9:15 am Keynote Address
9:15 am - 10:30 am

Plenary Session 3
Cashing in on Carbon

Panelists:

Mark Allen,Vice President of Integrated Carbon Solutions, Accelergy Corporation 

Raffi Mandirosian, Vice President, Joule Unlimited

David Hazlebeck, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Algae Innovations

John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering Inc.

10:30 am - 11:00 am  Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall
Young Innovators Lounge In Session
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

Track 1 - Biology
Polyculture Biotechnology

Moderator: Robin Gerlach, Montana State University
Speakers: Taylor Weiss, Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University

Designing Stable, Synthetic, Light-driven Cyanobacteria-heterotroph Consortia for Bioproduction
Rey Allen, Arizona State University Tempe

Synthetic Ecology for Quantitative Prediction of Anti-contamination Strategies in Biofuel-producing Cultures of Synechocystis PCC 6803

Miguel Olaizola, Heliae

On the Way to Inexpensive Microalgae Protein

Pavlo Bohutskyi, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Effects of Heterotrophic Consorts and Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) Exchange on the Productivity and Robustness of a Photoautotroph-Heterotroph Consortium

Track 2 - Engineering & Analysis
CO2 and Carbon Utilization
Moderator: Babs Marrone, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Speakers: John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

Microalgae Biogas Production Using Flue Gas CO2 at a Coal-Fired Power Plant
Daniel Mohler, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of KY

Algae Based Beneficial Re-use of Industrial Carbon Emissions: Demonstration Update and Heat Integration Assessment

Jason Quinn, Utah State University

Integration of Flare Gas with an Algal Biorefinery for Fuel and Protein Production: An Energy Assessment
Niu Du, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Development of a pH Drift Assay for Rapid Carbon Uptake Measurements for Mass Algal Culture

Andre Coleman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

The Billion Ton 2016 Algae Resource Analysis: Waste CO2 Co-location

Track 3 - Commercialization
System Integration for Commercial Products and Wastewater Treatment
Moderator: Margaret McCormick, Matrix Genetics
Speakers: Vitor Verdelho, A4f - Algae for Future, SA

The Role of the Value-chain for the Development of High-value Products from Microalgae

Rick Johnson, Clearas Water Recovery

Fight Fire with Fire...The Green Keeps Getting Greener

Philip Pienkos, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Full Circle: How to Bring Algae Back into Biofuels

Josh McGill, Applied Chemical Technology

Scale-up Strategies for Commercialization


Track 4 - Industry Focus: IP and Legal Issues
Title TBA

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

Track 1 - Biology
Outdoor Cultivation and Crop Management - An Update from Testbeds and Industry

Moderator:
Laura Carney, Heliae
Speakers: Valerie Harmon, Harmon Consulting

The Value of Inoculum Management in Microalgae Production

Kunal Poorey, Sandia National Laboratories

Deriving Pond Crash Signatures of ATP3 Unified Field Study Using Big Data Machine Learning

Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dynamic Composition of the Algae Chlorella and Scenedesmus sp. Nannochloropsis sp. at Five Geographical Location Sites over the Couse of a Full Year Outdoor Production, with an Emphasis on High-value Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Eneko Ganuza, Heliae

A Novel Treatment Protects Chlorella at Commercial Scale from the Predatory Bacterium Vampirovibrio Chlorellavorus

Philip Lee, Sapphire Energy/Consultant

Characterization of a Predatory Bacterial Pathogen of Nannochloropsis sp. 

Track 2 - Engineering & Analysis
Downstream Processing
Moderator:
Philip Pienkos, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Speakers: Devinder Singh, National Research Council of Canada

Process Development for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae
Shijie Leow, University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign

Systems-scale Optimization of the Integrated Microalgae-biofuel Process Applying Various Downstream Aqueous Conversion Technologies

Matthew Hutton, MicroBio Engineering, Inc 

Long Term Study of Low Cost Harvest by Bioflocculation

Yalin Li, Colorado School of Mines

A Quantitative Multiphase Component Additivity Model for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Microalgae

Ramesh Bhujade, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Experience with Hydrothermal Processing to Convert Algae to Oil

Track 3 - Commercialization
Reducing Downstream Processing Costs
Moderator:
Dave Hazlebeck, Global Algae Innovations Inc.
Speakers: Michael Kempkes, Diversified Technologies, Inc.

Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) Applications to Algal Extraction Processing and Predator Control

Albert Vitale, Commercial Algae Professionals

Opening Systems to Maximize the Yield of Astaxanthin from Haematococcus Pluvialis
Pieter Boelens, Liqoflux 

The Missing Link: 2 Step Algae Harvesting Approach

Dave Hazlebeck, Global Age Innovations Inc. 

Zobi Harvester for Low Energy, High Efficiency Algae Dewatering

 

Track 4 - Industry Focus: Strain Development
Strain Development
Moderator:
Anne Ruffing, Sandia National Labs
Speakers: Simon Takouridis, The University of Melbourne

An Elite Variety of Algae

Jianping Yu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

Cyanobacteria Ethylene Production

Juergen Polle, Brooklyn College of the University of New York

Investigation of the Ploidy and Genome Organization of Potential Platform Species of Green Algae

Dornide Kleinegris, Wageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research

Microalgae Breeding: Sorting Cells with Increased TAG Productivity

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm  Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall
Young Innovators Lounge In Session
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Concurrent Track Panels

Track 1 - Biology
Low Quality Water and Nutrient-based Culturing

Moderator:
Todd Lane, Sandia National Laboratories
Speakers: Shelley Blackwell, Cal Poly State University

Dynamics in Algal Productivity and Bioflocculation in Wastewater Fed Raceway Ponds

Jay Barlow, Utah State University

Evaluation of Produced Water Integration Effect on Microalgae Productivity

Jakob Nalley, Michigan State University

Tapping Into Brewery Wastewater: The Synergy of Wastewater Remediation and Algal Biofuel Production

Tatiana Kozlova, University of Manitoba 

Effect of Phytohormones and Fish Steroids on Microalgae Scenedesmus Quadricauda Production and Biosynthesis

Todd Lane, Sandia National Laboratories

Major Nutrient Recycling at Pilot Scale

Track 2 - Engineering & Analysis
Cultivation Innovations
Moderator:
Johanna Anton, Cellana LLC
Speakers: Maria Gutierrez-Wing, Louisiana State University

Effect of Light Wavelength and Irradiance on the Species Composition of a Microalgal/Cyanobacterial Co-culture: Implications for Processing and Conversion to End Products

Michael Huesemann, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

High Productivity Cold Season Microalgae: Predictive Climate-Simulation in Photobioreactors and Validation in Outdoor Raceway Ponds
Peter Bergmann, Subitec GmbH

Flat-panel Airlift Photobioreactors with Intrinsic Static Mixers for Improved Light Utilization Assessment of Productivity and Process Energy Input

Robin Gerlach, Montana State University

Alkaliphilic Algal Cultivation as a Means for Improved Productivity and Stability of Algae-based Production Systems

Johanna Anton, Cellana LLC

A Comparison of Outdoor Semi-continuous and Batch Production Modes at Mid and Large Scales

Track 3 - Commercialization
Algae Biomass R&D and Commercialization Initiative in Algae Industry Incubation Consortium Japan
Moderator:
Makato Watanabe, AIIC/University of Tsukuba/Sobio Technologies, Inc.

Speakers: Kinya Atsumi, DENSO Corporation

Development of Algae Hydrocarbon Cosmetics

Atsushi Takahashi, Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd

Research & Development on Renewable Energy Use of Native Algae Biomass for Fukushima Reconstruction and Revitalization

Junichi Ito, HIGASHIMARU Co., Ltd

Application of Microalgae-compound Feed for Aquaculture

Kazunori Saski, University of Tsukuba/National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology

The Exploration Research into Medicinal Functions of Aurantiochytrium and Botryococcus Braunii Using Bioassay

Makato Watanabe, AIIC/University of Tsukuba/Sobio Technologies, Inc. 

Algae Industry Incubation Consortium of Japan (AIIC) - Past and Future Activities

Track 4 - Industry Focus: Algal Biotechnology
Algal Biotechnology: New Tools And Approaches
Moderator:
Sridhar Viamajala, University of Toledo

Speakers: Kangsup Yoon, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Heterologous Expression and Biochemical Characterization of Plastidial sn-glycerol-3-phosphate Acyltransferase from Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

Berat Haznedarogul, Bogazici University

Time-series Metabolomics Pipeline for the Production of Lipids and Value-added Nutraceuticals in Non-model Microalgae

John Archer, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Genome Analysis of new Thermo-halo-tolerant Red Sea Synechococcus sp. CCF101 Platform for High Value Product Synthesis

Jordan McEwen, Sandia National Laboratory

Genetic Tool Development for Nannochloropsis Gaditana

Blake Hovde, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Greenhouse - An Omics Knowledge Base for Algal Biofuel Feedstocks

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Poster Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm VIP Reception


Wednesday, October 26

7:30 am - 11:00 am Registration Open
7:30 am - 10:45 am Exhibit & Poster Hall Open
7:30 am - 8:15 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 am - 9:45 am

Concurrent Track Panels

Track 1 - Biology
Synthetic Biology

Moderator:
Christie Peebles, Colorado State University

Speakers: Ryo Takeuchi, Matrix Genetics

Engineering of Genetic Tools of Optimize Heterologous Gene Expression in Arthrospira (Spiraling) Platensis

Joseph Weissman, Corporate Strategic Research, Exxonmobil Research & Engineering 

Directed Evolution of Algae for Increased Biomass Productivity

Mark Heinnickel, Matrix Genetics

Increasing the Photosynthetic Rate of Cyanobacteria in a Dense Monoculture by Optimizing Expression of Native and Heterologous Oxygenases

Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego

Synthetic Promoters Capable of Driving Robust Nuclear Gene Expression in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

Track 2 - Engineering & Analysis
Wastewater Utilization
Moderator:
Ian Woertz

Speakers: Chih-Ting Kuo, UIUC

Sandeep Kumar, Old Dominion University

Microalgal Cultivation Using Minerals Precipitated Through Hydrothermal Mineralizations

Derek Hess, Utah State University

Sorption and Productivity Impact of Heavy Metals on Microalgae
Ruth Spierling, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

Enhanced Nitrogen Conversion and Removal in Algae-based Wastewater Treatment Systems

Tryg Lundsquist, CalPoly State University

From Wastewater to Fuel Distillates: Cultivation and Processing of Microalgae Grown during Sewage Treatment

Track 3 - Commercialization
Products from Heterotrophic Approaches
Moderator:
 TBA

Speakers: TBA

Track 4 - Industry Focus: Lessons Learned
Flask to Field, Lessons Learned
Moderator:
John McGowen, Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation

Speakers: Louis Brown, Synthetic Genomics, Inc. 

Flask to Farm: The Issues Associated with Large Scale Algae Production

Meghan Downes, New Mexico State University

Lessons from the Field

Becky Ryan, Sapphire Energy

Lessons from the Field

John McGowan, Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University

The Challenges and Rewards of Integrated Lab to Pilot-scale Cultivation and Downstream Processing as Demonstrated through the Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3)

9:45 am - 10:15 am Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall
Young Innovators Lounge In Session
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Award Presentations
Announcement of the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

10:45 am - 12:15 pm Plenary Session 4 
Financing the Next Wave of Algae Innovation
1:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tour: Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation Tour
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Algae Biomass Summit
October 23 - 26, 2016 | Renaissance Glendale Phoenix Hotel & Spa | Phoenix, AZ

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